It’s impossible to predict every bump in the road, sudden stop or accident (let’s hope not!). To keep you and your pup safe, drive with your dog secured with a dog seat belt, dog car harness or restraint or carrier, according to Pezzuto.
Without one of these features, a dog can roam freely, which can be dangerous for everyone on the road. “Tens of thousands of car accidents are caused by drivers who were distracted by their unrestrained pets,” Dr. Lisa Lippman, a New York City-based veterinarian, tells The Dodo. “Even worse, dogs that aren’t safely restrained in the car are much more likely to be hurt or killed in the event of a car accident.”